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Superintendent’s Message

Welcome to Islip Public Schools.  As Superintendent, it is my goal to continue to work on our facilities, curricula, and professional development so our students receive an exceptional educational experience.

Let me share a little bit about our district. We have five schools - three elementary buildings and two secondary buildings. We are located in the hamlet of Islip in Suffolk County on the South Shore of Long Island. 

Wing Elementary School houses the district’s approximately 350 kindergarten and first grade students. 

Commack Road Elementary School includes students in grades two through five. The school is located on Commack Road and has a student population of approximately 500. The fifth grade is departmentalized.  

The Maud S. Sherwood Elementary School is located at 301 Smith Avenue and also spans grades two through five. Approximately 320 students attend school at Sherwood. Our fifth grade there is departmentalized, as well.

Islip Middle School and Islip High School share a campus with our Central Office Building. The middle school has approximately 650 students in grades six through eight. 

Islip High School has a traditional span from grade 9 through grade 12. It houses approximately 975 students and offers a nine period day. The high school offers a career preparatory program for students, giving those who are interested the opportunity see if a possible career choice is a good fit for them. The Islip Academy Program is comprised of the STEM, Business, and Media and Public Affairs academies. These programs allow students with an interest in any of these three fields to take coursework and have experiences that will better prepare them for their post-secondary studies.

We are completing work in our schools that is the result of a $47 million capital bond project. This included upgrades to our athletic fields, cafeterias, HVAC, auditoriums, bathrooms, and ADA accommodations. Our buildings and grounds reflect great pride.

Our district covers an area of 5.4 square miles and has a population of more than 185,000 residents. We are surrounded by some beautiful scenic ponds and have access to the Seatuck National Wildlife Refuge. The town beach has its own gazebo and playground and offers beautiful views of the Fire Island Lighthouse. 

If you would like to know more about me or some of the things we are doing in the Islip District, please visit my blog at

Ellen Semel, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools